The Antigua Forum recently released a case study on telecom reform in Guatemala. Like a lot of studies, this one takes a careful look at the policies that were changed and the effects of those changes. Unlike a lot of other studies, it digs deep to examine the ideas that were behind the reform and how such reform was made possible.
The full study is available here. And here’s an excerpt from the preface:
In 1996, Guatemala put into place among the most (quite probably the most) pro-competitive, market-liberal telecommunications policies in the world. The benefits to consumers have been immense. At the time, however, prospects for such significant reform in Guatemala were bleak. What was the process by which reform was achieved? What lessons can be learned? Some answers emerge on the following pages.